Since their removal from the Endangered Species Act, bald eagles are primarily protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and its implementing regulations prohibit the take of bald eagles, which includes activities that are likely to interfere with eagles’ breeding, feeding or sheltering behavior, or result in injury, death, or nest abandonment.
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act further protects bald eagles and their eggs, nests and feathers by prohibiting killing, taking, or possession of eagles without a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In some states, bald eagles are also protected by state endangered species laws.
Length: Around 3 feet; males are smaller. Wingspan: Females around 7 feet; males around 6 feet. Weight: 10-14 lbs. Lifespan: 20-30 years.
Bald eagles live near bodies of water in Canada and Alaska, and in scattered locations all throughout the lower 48 states and Mexico.
Conservation groups urge Interior Department to move the Calico Solar Project to less sensitive lands
Washington (08/25/2011) -
A coalition of conservation groups made a last-ditch appeal to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today, urging the Bureau of Land Management to move the Calico Solar Project from vital desert habitat to degraded lands that could produce the same amount of energy, but pose less risk to imperiled wildlife and the environment.
MONTEREY, Calif. (08/17/2011) - A coalition of organizations welcomed news that California’s struggling sea otters may soon get a big boost thanks to a draft plan released by federal wildlife officials today that would end a controversial “no-otter” zone on the California coast and allow the marine mammals to re-colonize their traditional habitat.
Legal Action Precedes August 17th Coal Sale in Powder River Basin of Wyoming
Power River Basin of Wyoming and Montana (08/16/2011) -
A coalition of conservation groups today stepped up efforts to safeguard the climate from dirty energy, filing suit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over its approval of more than 350 million tons of new coal mining in the Powder River Basin of northeastern Wyoming.
Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife and Center for Biological Diversity issued a statement today with SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWRA, SPWRB) and Topaz Solar Farms, LLC, a subsidiary of First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR), on a settlement agreement regarding two solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant projects in development in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.
Wolves to be targeted as unwanted predators for most of the year
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (08/03/2011) -
The U.S. Department of the Interior released more details today about its agreement with Wyoming on a wolf management plan that would allow wolves to be shot on sight across most of the state for most of the year. Under the plan, wolves would only have a reprieve in a small northwest corner of the state, but even there they could be hunted with a license.
The Idaho Fish & Game Commission approved today a proposal allowing hunting throughout the state and trapping in five wolf management units. There will be no hunt quotas across a majority of hunting zones.
The following is a statement from Suzanne Stone, Northern Rockies representative for Defenders of Wildlife:
Idaho Fish and Game released today its proposed guidelines and quota for hunting wolves this fall. The proposal includes no quotas across most of the state, allowing an indefinite number of wolves to be killed with valid hunting permits. According to proposal, the state would only enforce a hunting quota along certain parts of the Idaho-Montana border, and trapping will be allowed to further reduce wolf numbers.